Comments on: Tyson and Hubbard, blithe technocrats A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: dedalus Wed, 13 Oct 2010 03:10:26 +0000 Bust ’em Felix. I’m tired of Tyson, Hubbard, Summers, and all the rest of that generation of self-exculpating, leveraging-up enablers. They ought to be cashiered.

Put Austan Goolsbee into the game. His ideas couldn’t be any more ruinous than his predecessors.

As Helen Lovejoy often says: “Won’t somebody please think of the children?”

By: jhedges Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:59:40 +0000 Oh god, Felix has his “populist” hat on again. I guess he needs to do this occasionally to maintain his anti-big bank/elites credibility. That’s fine I guess, but just know that you’re not fooling anyone who actually knows what they’re talking about.

It’s telling that Felix mocks Tyson for saying “And the Obama administration — they’re good guys! They’re reaching out to the business community!” It’s telling because Tyson is right: the Obama administration has been doing the right thing policy-wise, and they have been reaching out to the business community.

And the public isn’t “clamoring for” change at the NEC. The public doesn’t even know what the NEC is, let alone who heads the NEC.

Oh and Charles Ferguson? Please. “Inside Job” was an utter hack-fest.

By: fresnodan Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:51:09 +0000 Certainly it’s odd that the two economists, whose entire profession is based upon the premise that incentives matter, should be so resistant to the idea that the millions of dollars they’ve earned from the financial-services industry might in any way color their actions or beliefs.

Uh, certainly it NOT odd when it is obvious that their wealth is accumulated by toadying the official line.
I am a big believer in the free market, but it is obvious that the incentives of the managers of financial institutions and the share holders are not aligned. It is just silly to pretend that being paid in stock, when the price is fragrantly manipulated that managers are allowed to buy the stock at, constitutes any kind of real incentive other than to engage in short term risky behavior. Make money, get huge bonuses, lose money, get huge bonuses.

By: Gotthardbahn Tue, 12 Oct 2010 20:13:28 +0000 Gee, an anti-elites article from Felix Salmon. Didn’t he skewer the Davos crown last winter? That’s twice this year – wow.